New crane safety regs to be proposed Theresa
New York City’s Department of Buildings will propose a series of new
crane safety regulations within the next few weeks, the agency’s Acting
Commissioner Robert LiMandri said Tuesday.
The department is
studying various models of crane regulation and conferring with safety
experts including those at the federal Occupational Safety & Health
Administration to develop the proposals.
There is a particular
focus on examining a crane’s maintenance and repair records, Mr. LiMandri
said while speaking at BuildingsNY 2008, a real estate trade show. He
added the city is also looking at the technology and equipment that exists
to test a crane’s safety.
Last month’s crane collapse on the Upper
East Side that killed two people has been linked to a defective weld made
to repair the crane.
Mr. LiMandri said that the DOB and OSHA are
conducting a forensic examination of what caused that crane collapse, but
that the city can’t afford to wait for the results of that study to take
action and improve safety.
The city has already announced that all
individual parts of a tower crane must be inspected by an independent
third party before the crane is assembled. The company inspecting the part
can’t have any connection to the engineers that are devising the
operational plan for the crane.
California, which is widely
believed to have the toughest crane regulations in the country, requires
that all tower cranes undergo an annual complete mechanic inspection by an
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